The Billboard 200:
As we reported earlier, Jack White scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of his first solo set, Blunderbuss, with 138,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four new entries in the top 10.
However, let's look at some of the movers and shakers farther down the this week's list:
-- Maroon 5, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera - iTunes discounted four albums by the four coaches of NBC's "The Voice," and all see big gains this week. (The retailer priced each set at $6.99 for a limited time.)
Maroon 5's Hands All Over zips 65-23 with a 128% jump, Blake Shelton's Red River Blue is up 94% (45-21) and Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer re-enters at No. 117 (up 225%). While she missed the chart, Christina Aguilera's Bionic saw a smashing gain -- it was up by 802%. (It sold a little over 2,000 units -- a couple hundred units away from hitting the No. 200 position.)
-- Barry Manilow: The pop singer/songwriter's Live in London -- his first live album since 2004 -- debuts with 15,000 at No. 24 and marks his highest-charting live release since 1977's No. 1 Barry Manilow/Live.
-- Human Nature: After the pop quartet performed throughout the April 23 Motown-themed edition of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," its Motown Record saw a huge surge in sales. The covers set in turn debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 120 with an 844% gain. It's the first U.S. release for the Australian vocal group, which has had great success in their homeland, charting multiple No. 1 albums on the ARIA charts.
-- Girls Generation-TTS: This week, K-pop act Girls Generation makes its Billboard 200 debut, sort of. The act's spin-off group Girls Generation-TTS sees its Twinkle album bow at No. 126 on the chart, selling 3,000 copies after only two days of sales. (It was released on Saturday, April 28, one day before the chart week ended). It also debuts at No. 1 on the World Albums chart. (Girls Generation-TTS consists of three members of the overall nine member Girls Generation vocal group.)
This is the best sales week for any Girls Generation-related album. The main K-pop group's only other charting set is Boys, released via S.M./Interscope. It never sold more than a little over 1,000 copies in a week and missed the Billboard 200 (though it hit No. 2 on the World chart).
-- Mass Effect 3: At No. 188, it marks the second video game soundtrack to debut on the chart in three weeks. With a 3,000-unit bow, it follows Journey, which started at No. 116 on April 28 (4,000).